Fellowships & Awards



The Undergraduate Subcommittee of PEIC has identified several scholarships that are specific to underrepresented students. Please note that while these scholarships are not offered by the psychology department, they may be helpful in funding a student's undergraduate education at Pitt. 

Scholarships for:

Students of Color
LGBTQIA+ Students
Students with Disabilities
Women Identifying Students 
Low-Income Students 

Diversity Scholarships offered by the University of Pittsburgh 
Collegescholarships.org - offers a search function for a particular background

List of College Scholarships for Minority Students (Purdue University)

Post-baccalaureate and Graduate Students

Hot Metal Bridge Program 

A two-semester post-baccalaureate fellowship for underrepresented students that bridges the gap beteween undergraduate education and graduate training. The comprehensive program prepares students to apply and attend doctoral programs in psychology or related disciplines. 

Meet our current fellows here.

Find out more about how to apply to the Hot Metal Bridge Program here.

DEI and Anti-Racism Mentorship, Learning, and Research Enhancement Grants

Funding is available to:

  1. Strengthen the support for department members from underrepresented or disadvantaged groups by providing expanded access to mentors 
  2. Support growth in DEI and anti-racist knowledge by providing expanded access to learning opportunities
  3. Enhance the design, execution, and/or dissemination of research that is culturally competent, inclusive, and equitable.

Any member of the department can submit a request for up to $1,000 in funding that falls within one or more of these categories. Examples of appropriate requests include:

  • Funds to compensate an external colleague for service on a student milestone committee, review of a grant or fellowship proposal, consultation on a research project, delivery of training, consultation with an alumnus about future career pathways
  • Funds to pay for registration costs for a diversity-focused conference, diversity or anti-racist training, or statistical/methods workshops on qualitative and demographically sensitive analysis
  • Funds to compensate community members for participation in focus groups, or community leaders for their consultation
  • Funds to pay for advertising or other costs to diversify participant recruitment.
The proposal (limited to one page) should provide a rationale for the request and include an itemized budget. Proposals should be submitted to Bonnie Sampson (BJS131@pitt.edu) via email as an attached word document. Proposals will be accepted immediately, and review will continue on a rolling basis until the funds have been depleted.

Dietrich School Fellowships

Graduate students from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds are eligible for fellowships from the Dietrich School. The department nominates candidates for fellowships on the basis of information provided by applicants to our training programs.

Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellowship

Graduate students in any research area are eligible to apply for the Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program (PSFP), which focuses on advancing social and environmental justice for underserved and at-risk populations in the Pittsburgh community. The PSFP is a 14-month leadership training program, where fellows partner with a local organization, develop a program, and actively engage with a particular population through service.

Past projects include a mindfulness training program initiated by Molly Bowdring, a former graduate student, and co-led by Petra Rupert, a current student, at Allegheny County Jail. This program aimed to enhance the physical, emotional, and cognitive rehabilitative experiences of incarcerated women by creating an opportunity for learning and engaging in the practices of yoga and meditation. For more information about PSFP, please visit http://pittsburghschweitzer.org/.